May 14, 2013 12:00pm EDT
on the hamid karzai claiming cash payments from the cia and that these cash payments are continuing, and he's been confirming this and claiming it in afghanistan, and senator corker was hoping for an explanation from the president. and he said it's now been two letters, and he hasn't gotten an explanation. >> i'm not aware of the letters. i'll have to take the question. the specific story itself involves the cia, and i'd have to refer you to them. >> still -- >> with with regard to the letters, i'll let you know if there's a response. >> jay? >> yeah. >> jay, you've used this formulation about the president's support for unfettered investigative reporting a number of times here. to what extent is he, is the former constitutional law professor in the oval office torn between that philosophy and the case for, you know, going after leaks? >> i think the appropriate way to describe it is that the president believes there needs to be a balance. because there is an interest in making sure that classified information that isceps -- that is sensitive is not leaked because of the consequences to nat
May 16, 2013 7:00am PDT
used by u.n. ambassador susan rice that ultimately removed any reference to al qaeda or previous cia warnings in the region. a senior intelligence official telling nbc news deputy cia director mike morell crossed out those references on this early draft. but morell's then boss david petraeus seemed to disagree with the watered down version that excluded any mention of security warnings. writing, frankly, i'd just as soon not use this. republicans accused the white house of playing politics right before the election. >> you don't have to be sherlock holmes to figure this out. the story of benghazi if accurately reported would undercut the narrative, al qaeda's on the run and they manipulated the evidence to help the political reelection. >> the white house says no political advisers were involved in the process. and following the justice department's widely criticized seizure of journalist phone records, the white house wednesday pressed congress to revive a law that would protect reporters from having to reveal information in the future. the white house is also going to face head-on
May 16, 2013 1:00am EDT
the investigation -- director of the national central agents -- cia, this is national security. is what senator feinstein said. i think we should have been told. why not notify under the law the proper authorities here in the united states congress, specifically the head of the intelligence community, and why not notify the president of united states? -- >> again, there is a strong tradition and concern within the justice department not to reveal ongoing criminal investigations. theere sensitive to possibility of a national security concern. we do not think that one existed. present the nine states? -- the presidents of the united states? i would think that is the one person who should absolutely know what is going on. there was a potential that the director of the cia had been compromise, that you are investigating, why not share that with president obama? shareause, we do not ongoing criminal investigation. if you look back, and conclusions we reached were correct. we do not have a national security -- it is an ongoing investigation. it's an ongoing investigation. >> but the time is expired.
May 15, 2013 4:00am PDT
of u.s. officials. the russians claim gfogle was a cia officer triedecru a russian counter-terrorism officers specialize in the volatile region in southern russia. theetention appeared to be the first case of an american diplomat publicly accused of spying in about a decade. the russian foreign minister proudly declared fogle persona non grata and ar ordered him to leave russia immediately. he has diplomatic immunity. which protected from arrest. >> o.j. simpson takes the stand today in las vegas court on the bid to win his freedom. this is video simpson in court yesterday. siand simpson has been serving a nine to 33 year prison sentence for conviction in the armed robbery of to member billion dollars. he said he never saw any guns during a 2007 hotel room confrontation that sent him to prison. and witnesses that testified that they were not sure sense and that an attorney ever told about a plea deal in the case. >> the penalty phase of the jodie aria murder trial gets underway today. the jury will deliberate whether to sentence her to life in prison or death. during this p